The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Monday stated the reason why there had been a delay in appointing the chairman-designate for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), since the position had been vacated in December 2015, THISDAY reports.
Speaking during an interview with Arise News, he said the delay in the confirmation of the chairman-designate for the NERC was caused by the stalemate between the Senate and the Executive over the interpretation of the powers of the president with regards to appointments into executive bodies not listed in the constitution.
But he said the stalemate had not necessarily stopped the NERC from regulating the sector effectively. Further explaining shortcomings in the sector, he said since the power privatisation process took place; “The role of the government in power has been largely limited. The role of government is [now as] policymakers and enablers.”